by Kay Michael Kuhnlein
Make your color dreams come true and realizes any photographic look
The installation of ColorStyler 1.01 under Windows 7 works without any problems. There is probably one positive feature worth being mentioned: in a selection list you can choose all compatible host programs on your system without any limitations. Great, whoever has several image processing programs on his computer and also uses them regularly, will certainly appreciate this option.
The Program Interface
When starting the plugin for the first time, then you will be asked whether you prefer the user interface in modern style of Photoshop CS 6, which means dark, or the standard Windows style. Your decision is not "for eternity", you can change it later at any time. You can turn to the Prefs tab sheet in order to change the Skin if necessary.
Here I switched to Advanced Mode - alternatively you can stay in Easy Mode. I also enlarged the preset list by clicking the arrow left icon above the preset list.
There is also the small check box called Combine: you can activate or deactivate it by clicking with your mouse. My tip: if you are a beginner as far as ColorStyler 1.01 is concerned, then activate the check box, click on different presets and let yourself be surprised by the results. You can also combine presets by holding the Ctrl key while choosing a preset.
Last, but not least, there is the Help tab sheet. Those who do not want to be helped, deactivate its check box, all others receive helpful information on each control that is touched by the mouse cursor.
"Playfully" Discovering ColorStyler 1.01
With software of a very wide functional range such as ColorStyler 1.01, you have more than 600 presets to choose from as well as different modes for changing the color of your photo. It is most likely that no one got the idea of testing all existing presets one after another. Your "lunch break" and the following afternoon would probably not suffice.
On the other hand the preset thing is certainly not the wrong way to get more familiar with the plugin. For my first result above I firstly clicked on the preset Cross Royal Gold without a fixed objective, afterwards on Dawn Light while the Combine function was activated. I liked the result that is why no other changes followed.
It is actually indeed a success-promising way to start with a preset and then carry out the fine-tuning with other parameters. But please take into consideration that almost every photo exhibits different exposures and colors. Nevertheless it is recommendable to save your own really felicitous presets and test them with other images.
Another variation with an infra red look that also has polarizer, grad, glow and paper effects applied.
I am now pursuing with two examples which demonstrate various possibilities of the ColorStyler. Afterwards I do recommend you to grab ColorStyler 1.01 as a fully working demo version from www.thepluginsite.com and convince yourself of this software´s performance. You will probably be as enthusiastic as I am myself.
Kay Michael Kuhnlein
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